Woeful Barcelona show their frailty without Lionel Messi after scraping to a narrow win over rock-bottom Eibar thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s late stunner to confirm third-placed finish
- A poor Barcelona just scraped past relegated Eibar 1-0 on the final day of LaLiga
- Antoine Griezmann scored a fantastic volley in the 81st minute to secure the win
- Barcelona were poor for large parts of the game and clearly missed Lionel Messi
Antoine Griezmann saved Barcelona’s blushes on an abysmal night for the club as they barely scraped 1-0 past relegated Eibar to finish the LaLiga season in third.
It was a largely forgettable game, with Ronald Koeman ringing the changes, but most significant was that Lionel Messi was allowed to leave the squad before this game.
How they needed his genius.
Barcelona finished the LaLiga season with a whimper after a poor 1-0 win over relegated Eibar
A stunning late volley from Antoine Griezmann (third left) saved Barca’s blushes on the night
Eibar (4-4-2): Yoel; Rober (Pozo 76), Oliviera (Bigas 76), Arbilla, Rafa; Inui, Diop (Alvarez 62), Atienza, Gil (Leon 45); Kike, Enrich (Casin 77)
Subs not used: Burgos, Muto, Valdes, Recio, Garcia, Rodrigues
Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Firpo (Alba 45), Mingueza (Umtiti 45), Araujo, Dest; Moriba (Puig 55), Busquets, de Jong (Pjanic 74); Dembele, Griezmann, Trincao (Braithwaite 45)
Subs not used: Pique, Fernandes, Sotorres, de la Fuente, Tenas
Booked: Firpo, Busquets, Araujo
Goals: Griezmann 81
By the end of a dull first half, a woeful Barca had managed just one shot at goal against the team bottom of LaLiga and relegated, who themselves managed 11 shots.
Eibar, who have won just six league games all season, more than held their own against the Catalan giants and were the more industrious of the two sides throughout the match.
But it was a moment of brilliance from Griezmann that saw Barca take three points late in the second half.
The Frenchman lashed home a superb volley across goal to put his side ahead.
Eibar nearly equalised when Takashi Inui skated past three Barca players and saw his deflected shot bounce off the crossbar.
Eibar held their own against the Catalan giants for most of the game and had more chances
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele cuts a frustrated figure on a night when he didn’t produce
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